- The Washington Times - Monday, November 14, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump spoke Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed the threats and challenges their two countries face, according to the Trump transition team.

Mr. Putin called Mr. Trump to congratulate him on his historic election victory, the transition team said in a statement.

During the call, the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years, said the statement.

Mr. Trump also said that is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia.

Democrats sharply criticized Mr. Trump during the camping for praising Mr. Putin and saying he was a stronger leader than President Obama.

Reports that Russia was behind email hacks that resulted in WikiLeaks publishing embarrassing emails about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee prompted allegations that Mr. Putin was trying to interfere in the U.S. presidential election to help Mr. Trump.

Mrs. Clinton warned that Mr. Trump would be a “puppet” of the Russian leader if elected.

Mr. Trump repeatedly said that he does not have a personal relationship with Mr. Putin but that it would be beneficial for the U.S. to have good relations with Russia.

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